Vol. V: The Thursday Edition, because I’m this blog’s owner and I can do that.
The number on the scale? Pffft!! It hasn’t budged. I should probably be concerned about this–about my being ZERO inspiration to ANYONE–and then I thought, you know, I could still maybe inspire you with other equally important things.
(That’s an excuse. Did you see through it?)
(One great big enormous GIGANTIC excuse.)
Still. I have been thinking about important things.
Note: there are some very sad and somewhat violent scenes. It’s World War II in Nazi Germany, after all, but the tender poignancy between the girl and her family is worth those moments that make you wince.
Such a good movie. I’m planning to read the book.
Speaking of which, I’m also thinking about The Gift of an Ordinary Day. Have you read it? Also very, very good. Life-changing in terms of my perspective, and so so helpful when it comes to parenting teens.
“Figuring out how to mother these two tall, hairy, taciturn teenagers…is humbling work. Many days this summer I’ve taken a long, deep breath and asked myself, How could I do this better? I haven’t come up with a very satisfactory answer, but I have learned this: Every time I’m able to let go even a little–of control or judgment, of my need to be right or my inclination to worry–I’m rewarded. Life suddenly seems a bit sweeter, and easier, for us all.
“If motherhood has taught me anything, it is that I cannot change my children, I can only change myself.”
I need all the help I can get when it comes to parenting teens. I need help when it comes to parenting period and this book has been a balm for my soul. I’m not alone! Katrina Kenison gets me!
Angela, for example, is the funniest kid ever…though her humor is usually a little rough. She drew an enormous ogre on the driveway today–a pig-nosed troll with a little girl in one hand and the inscription “I hate kids” on his t-shirt.
I thought it was hilarious until she said it was me.
She’d been annoyed, it seems, about an assignment.
When I explained, through my tears, that this was NOT APPROPRIATE, she was quick to explain that it was a joke! And then she drew a new drawing with a much nicer theme.
Sometimes, when the two of us don’t see eye-to-eye, she’ll say, “This will be a funny story someday! You’ll see!” And I know she’s right, she’s totally right, and that is why I write them down. These kids that are our biggest challenge–well, I think it’s because they constantly push us off balance. I have so very much on my plate these days that I don’t want to be taken off guard or surprised, yet what kind of boring life is that? In the end, it’s being taken off guard that makes me laugh the most.
Like yesterday when we were doing Latin. “What’s the word that we get from optime?” I asked, and Felicity responded, “Optimistic!”
“Great!” I said. “How about pessime?”
“Pissy?” guessed Angela.
(I blame her dad.)
Lifestyles of the Poor & Famous, that’s us. ; )